Baking Gone Wild! Top 10 Over-the-Top Baked Goods for the Holidays
I’ve been sucked in. For some reason, I can’t stop watching The Great American Baking Show. I don’t know if it’s the soothing voices of Nia Vardalos and Ian Gomez, the adorable British version of your grandma in Mary Berry (seriously – even her name), or the hunkish looks and personality (yes, I am comfortable with my sexuality) of Johnny Iuzzini. Whatever it is, I’m hooked. Then I started thinking about the 150 million dozen cookies my wife baked, the bread we are baking for Christmas dinner, the delicious cinnamon buns we have Christmas morning, the list goes on. We are in the heart of the season of baking. Some savory bakes, others totally sweet. Either way – we have it all. After much thought, eating, and more eating, we have the top ten breads, cakes, and bakes for the holidays. You’re welcome.
In no particular order…
Thank god for bakers, right?
When a dessert is described as “oozing” with peanut butter, chocolate, and marshmallow, I’m in. Don’t tell me anything more.
8. Chocolate and Toffee Pecan Pinwheels
That is puff pastry. Yes, it does make everything even that much better. Carry on.
7. Pistachio Rum Mini Bundt Cakes
Sure, you could make a chocolate bundt cake. But let’s be real – you’re making it from a box and nobody’s going to finish the whole thing. Try these for a change.
Put the Nonni’s down! You can make your own biscotti. It will even taste better.
The right kind of beer makes anything taste better. Plus…cheese.
3. Fancy Toffee Caramel Shortbread Bars
Yes…those are homemade Twix bars.
Not garlic bread. Not cheesy bread. Not even garlic cheesy bread. DOUBLE. Again, an instance where the descriptor of “oozing” is applicable in a good way.
Is this STRICTLY baking? No. Will anyone complain about this recipe or food? I’d put my money on “no.”
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